Ryan Colker


Vice President,

National Institute of Building Sciences


Ryan M. Colker is Vice President at the National Institute of Building Sciences where he leads the Institute’s efforts to improve the built environment through the collaboration of industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. He directs the Consultative Council which develops findings and recommendations on behalf of the entire building community and transmits those recommendations to Congress and the Administration. He also serves as staff director of the Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; the National Council on Building Codes and Standards; the Off-Site Construction Council and the Institute’s STEM Education Program. He is a recognized expert on emerging issues within the built environment including resilience, building performance, and off-site construction and speaks and writes frequently on these subjects. Prior to joining the Institute, he served as Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). While at ASHRAE, he assisted in the formation of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and the development and piloting of the Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE’s building energy labeling program. Previously, Colker served as the Program Director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, where he was the lead staff member in charge of interdisciplinary programs for a 14-member consortium of professional and scientific organizations. He is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in environmental policy from the University of Florida.

Breakout Presentation Topic:
Off-Site Construction and the Code Official: Practice, Process and People

Off-site construction provides an expanding opportunity to address important challenges before the building industry including sustainability, productivity, workforce, speed to market and job-site safety. While the availability of a construction workforce is on the top of mind for many within the building industry, the code official workforce represents a growing area of concern. The effective utilization of off-site construction will rely on the establishment of accepted process, practices and the availability of people across all phases of the process. This session will explore the path forward–particularly as it relates to code official and the enforcement of code provisions.